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5.9 /6 Wonderful 15 Reviews

Route 5

Town Centre Italian £££ +100
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About Route 5

It’s worth wandering a little further afield from Southend-on-Sea proper if you’re in search of a less-heralded gem of a restaurant. And if it’s Italian you’re after, head up Sutton Road east of the town centre to find the little collection of shops and eateries on your way north to St Luke’s and Prittlewell train station. Here, along the road slightly less travelled, you can find Route 5, a cosy and down to earth Italian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisines of Sicily and Abruzzi. The menu is simple and understated, but packed with ingredients from the two famous foodie regions, as is the wine list. If you can’t decide on what to eat, why not book for the third Thursday of the month and pick a starter and main course blind and let the kitchen work it’s magic.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Route 5, 140 Sutton Road, SS25ER Southend-on-Sea


15 Reviews

5.9 /6 Wonderful 15 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
04.09.2017 08:34

Tasty home cooked food using great quality produce , you may have to wait a bit for the food as all freshly cooked to order- which I like - family run restaurant a lovely relaxed atmosphere- highly recommended, we have been several times and taken friends there, everyone has come away praising it and saying would definitely go back .

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 13:42

Route 5 is an excellent restaurant that serves authentic Italian food with the emphasis on dishes from Sicily and the Abruzzo region. The owners have a genuine passion for what they are doing and this shows in the quality and flavour of the food, the friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. All of their dishes are good and they cook their pasta to perfection - al dente, perfect. Their prices are really good value too. Route 5 offers a good selection of regional wines (Sicilian and from the Abruzzo region) and also serves cocktails as a bonus! Route 5 is an important addition to Southend-on-Sea's culinary scene. Buon appetito!

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 10:45

I had a lovely lunch with a friend at route 5, the food was really great the atmosphere was so relaxed, they couldn't do enough for us .. and the cocktail that was recommended was amazing .

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 15:43

Fourth time at route 5 and as good as always. Home cooked Italian food was amazing with gorgeous wine too. The owner is so welcoming and fantastic with our son too, made a real fuss of him

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 00:17

We spent a very pleasant evening at Route 5, couldn't fault anything, a really good and varied menu, we were spoilt for choice, the food was cooked to perfection, the cocktails went down well too! I rarely have three courses, but made an exception as it was all too good to miss out on. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 08:11

My friend and I visited on a Thursday evening and were surprised to find that we were the only ones there. However by the time we left there were a few more customers. Despite the lack of people, the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. The food, drinks and service were all excellent and everything was cooked freshly to order. Both the food menu and the cocktail selection are extensive and reasonably priced. We will certainly be returning.

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 07:13

We had the Mystery meal which we thought was a fun thing to do. The food was excellent, the people who own the restaurant were lovely, attentive without being obtrusive. We chose the house wine and it was very good. We rounded dinner of with the Tirumasu and a latte coffee, which we enjoyed. Great little place, excellent value for money and we will be returning .

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 07:30

What a lovely restaurant, Stefano and Federica are very helpful and always came to you with a smile. Food was amazing, very fresh and so tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's very good on price, and has a very homely feel to it. .

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 11:07

Great food, service and value. Small and friendly. What more could you ask for? The rice ball starters are a must as is the aubergine in tomato. We will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 18:10

Lovely food, and reasonably priced, as are the drinks. The young couple who run this place offer great food and great hospitality. I have nothing negative to say

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 10:38

Delicious meal and great service by the lovely owners! Recommend to anyone that appreciates real homemade italian food. Also recommend the Tiramisu one of the best I've had!

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 08:57

A very warm welcom, Excellent service, amazing food and delicious cocktails!! What more could you ask for? A hidden gem in the heart of Southend. Will definitely return

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25.06.2017 17:34

Excellent quality and value as always . Can't recommend the restaurant highly enough . Very friendly service , such a pleasure to return. Fantastic its local.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 12:20

Really lovely evening with authentic Italian food a great atmosphere and exceptional customer service. This is our second visit and now our favourite little Italian restaurant.

1 review so far 5
28.06.2017 16:28

Lovely little place, friendly couple running it. Food was good and the cocktails were tasty. We will definitely be rebooking again in the near future